Lao Prime Minister Thongsin Thammavong received a senior-level delegation from the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong during their visit to Laos from June 6-11.

Speaking at a reception, head of the delegation, Chairman of Lam Dong People’s Committee, Nguyen Xuan Tien, who is also a member of the Party’s Central Committee, gave a briefing on the outcome of a meeting between the province and Champasak province in Laos .

Tien said that the programme of cooperation between both provinces from 2008-2012 has recorded a number of significant achievements, particularly in education and agriculture.

Prime Minister Thammavong was particularly pleased at the level of cooperation shown between the two provinces, which is in line with Laos ’s human resources and agriculture development strategy.

He said that he hopes both provinces will continue to step up cooperation to boost each other’s strengths, as part of the activities to celebrate the 35 years since the Friendship and Cooperation Treaty was signed and 50 years of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Under the cooperation programme, Lam Dong province has opened a school for gifted student at Champasak, and helped Champasak’s fish farmers in breeding sturgeon and salmon, as well as helped the province to grow vegetables and flowers using advanced technologies.

During 2012-2015, both provinces will continue to work together in education and agriculture development.

Lam Dong will also grant several scholarships for students to attend Champasak School and offer training courses for farmers on growing vegetables and flowers using advanced technologies.

During their visit, the Vietnamese delegation also met with Deputy Prime Minister Somsavad Lengsavath, and Soukan Mahalath, Mayor of Vientiane.-VNA